Meghan R. Klasic

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2015-Present.          Ph.D. Student, Geography, Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior, University of California-Davis,                                                      Research: decision-making and policy processes, polycentric governance, water quality, climate change,                                                          transboundary lakes

2013.                          M.S. with Department Honors, Environmental Planning and Management, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns                                      Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.                                                                                                                                                                              Research: public policy, decision-making, water and climate change management in the context of environmental                                        engineering and science (Professional Program)

2006.                         B.S. with Department Honors, Environmental Science, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.                                                                                    Thesis: The use of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) as a bioindicator of stream health.                                                                                       Committee: Dr. Michael Heiman, Dr. Brian Pederson, Dr. Candie Wilderman

Two semester of study abroad: Fall 04: School for Field Studies, Atenas, Costa Rica (tropical ecology, natural resource management) and Spring 05: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (marine ecology, chemistry)


2018.                  Henry A. Jastro Research Award, UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Using people to                                                understand policy: a water quality quandary in two transboundary lakes [Research Scholarship], $3,000

2018.                  University of California-Davis Geography Travel Award [Travel Scholarship], $500

2017.                  Using people to understand policy: a water quality quandary in two transboundary lake systems, Consortium of                                             Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Pathfinder Fellowship [Research                                                     Fellowship], $5,000

2017.                  Moving beyond random acts of restoration to robust adaptive resilience: a case comparison between the U.S. and                                              Canadian coasts of Lake Erie, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Graduate Research Fellow,                                   $14,374 [Travel and Research Scholarships] (PIs: Meghan Klasic, University of California-Davis and Rachel Lamb,                                         University of Maryland)

2017.                   World Water Week Travel Award [Travel Scholarship], $955

2017.                  Selected to participate in and fully supported to attend Introduction to Social Network Analysis, National Socio-                                           Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) [Travel Scholarship], $2,163

2017.                  Henry A. Jastro Research Award, UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Water quality                                                  management in an uncertain world [Research Scholarship], $2,800

2016.                  Selected to participate in and fully supported to attend Soil to suds: a business proposal for cooperative, educational                                        brewing, Food + Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and                                             Entrepreneurship, University of California-Davis Business School [Registration Scholarship], $250

2009-2014.       U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Incentive for work excellence, Awarded annually for 6 years. Total: $15,000



Klasic. M., Ekstrom, J., Lubell, M., Bedsworth, L. [Submitted]. Water quality and extreme events in the face of climate change: Does science supply meet perceived risk?

Ekstrom, J., Klasic, M., Fencl, A., Lubell, M., Baker, E., and Einterz, F. [Accepted]. Drought Management and climate adaptation of small, self-sufficient drinking water systems in California. A report for: California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment.


Fencl, A. and Klasic, M. 2017. Small, self-sufficient water systems continue to battle a hidden drought. California WaterBlog. <>. 

USEPA. 2013. FY2014 Revised CWA Section 319 Grant Guidelines. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

USEPA. 2010. Draft National Capacity Development Strategic Analysis Report. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Klasic, M., Scott, P., and Brown, K. 2008. Water Drop Patch Project. Girl Scouts USA.



Klasic, M., Lamb, R., Vargas, V., Siman, K., Nagasi Isaac, B., Leonard, K. Social-Ecological Network Structures of Lake Erie Water Quality Management. Presentation at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (AAG), New Orleans, USA.

Klasic, M., Ekstrom, J., Lubell, M., Bedsworth, L. (2017). Water quality and extreme events in the face of climate change: Does science supply meet demand? Poster Presentation at 2017 American Water Resources Association (AWRA), Oregon, USA.

Klasic, M., Ekstrom, J., Lubell, M., Bedsworth, L. (2017). Water quality and extreme events in the face of climate change: Does science supply meet demand? Presentation at World Water Week 2017, Stockholm, Sweden.

Klasic, M., Ekstrom, J., Lubell, M., Bedsworth, L. (2017). Water quality and extreme events in the face of climate change: Does science supply meet demand? Poster presentation at 2017 IASC: Governing the Commons, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Klasic, M., Fenl, A., Ekstrom, J., Lubell, M. (2017). How do we build a drought resilient drinking water system? Learning from California Utilities' Drought Responses. Paper presentation at 2017 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference, Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy, and Planning for Sustainable Water Management, Virginia, USA.

Klasic, M., Ekstrom, J., Lubell, M., Bedsworth, L. (2017). Water quality and extreme events in the face of climate change: Does science supply meet demand? Paper presentation at 2017 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference, Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy, and Planning for Sustainable Water Management, Virginia, USA.

Klasic, M. 2015. Proposed policy changes to the Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Program's Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS). Presentation to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Nonpoint Source Coordinators, Washington, D.C., USA.

Klasic, M. 2014. The Clean Water Act and EPA’s approach to nonpoint source pollution control. Presentation to Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science, Washington, D.C., USA.

Klasic, M. 2014. EPA updates on nonpoint source success stories and tracking planning and implementation. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 States Meeting, Kentucky, USA.

Klasic, M. 2010. Regulatory update on drinking water operator certification. Presentation at the Association of Boards of Certification Annual User Meeting California, USA.

Klasic, M. 2009. Overview of EPA's Drinking Water Protection Program. Presentation at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Capacity Development and Operator Certification Meeting, Texas, USA.


Summer 2018.       Onsite Coordinator, Summer Abroad Program on Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe through University of                                         California, Davis

  • Coordinate program activities and schedule with Instructor, University officials, and in-country hosts across four countries: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland
  • Provide in-country support for students including assignment details, transportation methods and directions, medical needs, and outside of class excursions
  • Manage confidential information on 26 students and act as liaison between students and University officials

2015-Present.         Graduate Student Researcher, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy at University of                                                   California, Davis                                                                               

  • Develop and conduct surveys, interviews, and workshops with multi-stakeholder audiences (California drinking water and air district staff and managers, state policymakers, indigenous groups, environmental justice organizations, technical assistance groups, philanthropic organizations)
  • Analyze and interpret survey, interview, and workshop data
  • Write peer and non-peer reviewed literature based on the data collected and analyzed through surveys, interviews, and workshops
  • Mine and interpret qualitative and quantitative data from various online datasets
  • Research climate adaptation barriers and strategies for the water sector
  • Research climate change impacts to water quality and analyze the supply and demand of science available on these topics
  • Assist with grant proposal application development


Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute for 4th Climate Change Assessment, Non-Energy Research, Drought planning and climate adaptation of small self-sufficient water utilities in California. (PIs: Dr. Julia A. Ekstrom, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy and Dr. Mark Lubell, University of California-Davis)

Environmental Protection Agency STAR Program, Integrating information from climate scientists and resource managers: informing preparedness and adaptation to extreme event impacts on air and water quality in California. (PI: Dr. Louise Bedworth, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research)

2010-2015.             National Coordinator, Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Tracking and Reporting System and                                            Clean Water Act Section 604(b) Water Quality Management Planing Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection                                              Agency, Washington, D.C., USA.                          

  • Co-lead national workgroups with multi-stakeholder audiences (federal and state agencies, indigenous groups, universities, technical assistance centers) on topics of nonpoint source pollution management, grant planning and implementation, and other programmatic priorities
  • Co-revised National Nonpoint Source Policy and Programmatic Guidelines
  • Collected, analyzed and presented state and federal nonpoint source implementation data in various formats for Congress, federal, state, and local agencies, and other stakeholders
  •  Analyzed nutrient-related nonpoint source pollution projects as part of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Water Quality Initiative
  • Assisted in creating and disseminating EPA tools on nutrient and other types of nonpoint source pollution

2008-2010.            National Coordinator, Drinking Water Operator Certification and Drinking Water Expense Reimbursement Grant                                        Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., USA.                                   

  • Co-led and facilitated national workgroups with multi-stakeholder audiences (federal and state agencies, technical assistance centers, universities, public health organizations) on topics of capacity development and asset management tools, operator certification requirements and processes, and issues of state certification reciprocity 
  • Researched and communicated potential methods for creating more sustainable water systems with multi-stakeholder audiences
  • Managed and Provided policy expertise assistance to 5 university-led technical assistance centers
  • Assisted with the implementation of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations

2006-2008.           Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow, Watershed Outreach and Communications, U.S.                                               Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. USA.                                     

  • Researched and developed EPA watershed management and mapping tools on impaired and restored waterbodies, pollution elimination best management practices, and watershed plan development
  • Created a hands-on training program and trained multi-stakeholder audiences (federal, state, and local agencies, indigenous groups, technical assistance centers, concerned citizens) on EPA watershed management ools
  • Facilitated online audio and written conversations with multi-stakeholder audiences on watershed management


Spring 2018.       Teaching Assistant for Water Policy and Politics, University of California, Davis

2018.                     Climate Change and Water Quality. Guest Lecture, Water Policy and Politics, University of California, Davis

2018.                     Climate Change and Harmful Algal Blooms. Guest Lecture, Water Policy and Politics, University of California, Davis

2017.                    Teaching Assistant for Environmental Impact Review, University of California, Davis

2015.                     The Clean Water Act. Guest Lecture, Global Environmental Change, Johns Hopkins University

2013.                     Watershed Planning and Management. Guest Lecture at Woodrow Wilson High School


Language: Conversational Spanish

Statistical Software: R and Stata

Methods: Qualitative and quantitative (survey, interview, focus groups, coding and text mining, social network analysis, social-ecological network analysis, regression)

Geographical Information Systems: ArcGIS, QGIS, R

Science Communication: Blogging, Twitter, Instagram, Story Maps, webcasts, basic video production

Leadership and Organization: International/Study Abroad coordination, planning and management, Event coordination and planning, facilitation, public speaking, webcast moderation

Other: First Aid and CPR Certified


2017.                    Workshop at the Data Science Initiative, University of California-Davis, California, USA: Webscraping in R. (Instructor:                               Dr. Duncan Temple Lang, University of California-Davis)

2017.                    Workshop at the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Conference, Utrecht,                                                           Netherlands: Coding the commons: understanding why and how to code case studies for use in comparative analyses in                                  SES and commons research. (Instructor: Dr. Elicia Ratajczyk, Arizona State University, Arizona)

2017.                     Social Science Methods Workshop at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Maryland,                                             USA: Introduction to Social Network Analysis. (Instructor: Dr. Lorien Jasny, University of Exeter, England)

 2006.                  Three-month field course on management of environmental systems at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania,                                                       USA: Watershed management in the Chesapeake Bay and lower Mississippi River Delta. Funded by the  Henry Luce                                       Foundation. (Instructors: Dr. Michael Heiman and Dr. Candie Wilderman, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania)


2018.                     Member, Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society for Top 10% of Graduate Students Across Disciplines

2018.                     Founding Member, University of California Davis Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, Geography Honors Society

2017.                     Member, American Geophysical Union

2017.                    Selected MemberCalifornia Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Bloom (CCHAB) Network, California Water Quality                                     Management Council

2016-present.     Elected President, GLOBAL, Geography student organization, University of California-Davis

2016-present.     Member, California-Nevada American Water Works Association

2015-present.      Elected Student Representative, Geography Graduate Group Executive Committee, University of California-Davis

2015-present.      Nominated Member, Golden Key International Honour Society

2015-present.      Member, American Water Resources Association

2015-present.      Member, Association of American Geographers

2014.                     Bronze Medal for Clean Water Act Section 319 Programmatic Guideline Revisions, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental                                  Protection Agency

2011.                      Bronze Medal for Contributions to the Drinking Water Asset Management and Capacity Building Programs, Office of                                  Groundwater and Drinking Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2010-2014.            Membership Nomination, National Association of Professional Women.